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Changes Coming After Jags Beat Bad at Home by Vikings 30-12

A season that started with so much promise has turned into one of disaster and despair for the Jags, and after Sunday’s 30-12 setback to the Vikings, the team basically should start packing their bags and thinking ahead to the 2009 season.

The team played uninspired football Sunday, and were done in by early mistakes that resulted in the team being down 14-0 before many fans, the ones that decided to show up, were in their seats. By the time the Vikings got a final safety to wrap up the scoring, the place looked like it was the site of the first preseason game of the year.

Coach Jack Del Rio and the team should take a hard look in the mirror. As they pretty much have taken a team that was on its way to being a serious AFC contender to being a team that is set for a top 10 draft pick. Del Rio should take a large part of the blame, and after the latest loss was more than ready to put a lot of the blame on himself.

β€œI found that performance today to be totally unacceptable and I take full responsibility for not preparing my football team,” Del Rio told reporters. β€œTo have a team that plays that sloppily, turns the ball over on the first play of the game and allows the defense to pick up the ball and run for a touchdown is embarrassing. I will evaluate everything and everyone including myself. I have to do a better job with my staff.”

The game was pretty much over in the first two minutes, as a fumble by David Garrard taken back for a TD, then a Chester Taylor three-yard score put the Vikings, who were just .500 entering the game, up 14-0 at the 13:19 mark of the first quarter. From there, the Jags were never able to get close than 17-10, which was the score at the half.

Minnesota put the game away with an Adrian Peterson TD at the 6:55 mark of the fourth quarter to make it 30-10. A meaningless Jags safety at the 3:01 mark of the fourth quarter closed out the scoring at 30-12. Trailing early, the team got out of its running game, and the Vikings run D did a solid job in holding them ot 35 yards on 14 carries.

Garrard was 27-for-45 for 317 yards with a TD and two picks. He was able to avoid some pressure, but also was taken down four times for negative 31 yards. The Jags are headed for a 5-6 win season, which should put Del Rio’s job in question. They will look to get things right Monday night in Houston against the equally as bad 4-7 Texans.

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